CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (PRWEB) August 25, 2017 -- Chattanooga, Tenn. will be at the center of the world stage during the largest IRONMAN® 70.3 event in history – the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship. This year’s championship, the first year it will be a two-day race, will bring a record of more than 4,500 athletes from around the world. They range in age from 18 to 86 and represent 91 countries, regions, and territories.
In 2016, the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia; 2015 in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria; and in 2014, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
Chattanooga is: 1 of 5 cities in North America to host a full-distance IRONMAN® and an IRONMAN®70.3®; 1 of 10 cities in the world to host a full-distance IRONMAN® and an IRONMAN® 70.3®; and the ONLY city on the planet to host a full-distance IRONMAN®, an IRONMAN® 70.3®, and the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship.
The four-day event week kicks off with a FREE Made in Tennessee Celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6-10 p.m. The concert headliner is iHeartRadio’s “On The Verge” country music artist Carly Pearce who will get the crowd going with her earthy, textured voice that is taking country music by storm. Broad Street restaurants and shops will showcase southern inspired food, wine, and spirits.
The community is invited to attend the Made In Tennessee Celebration, the Parade of Nations, and to cheer on the athletes as they take on the challenging course. These events are free and open to the public. The “Late For The Train” 5K Fun Run and IRONKIDS® events are also open for the community to register and participate in.
All events will take place between 3rd Street and the downtown riverfront along the Tennessee River and adjacent to the Tennessee Aquarium.
2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship event schedule:
Sept. 6 6-10 pm Made In Tennessee Celebration
Sept. 7 9 am “Late For The Train” 5K Fun Run
4-5 pm Parade of Nations
Sept. 8 9 am IRONKIDS® ½ and 1 Mile Fun Run
Sept. 9 7:30 am IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship/Women
Sept. 10 7:30 am IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship/Men
For more information on the Made In Tennessee Celebration, visit Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau.
For more information on the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship, visit IRONMAN®.
The Made In Tennessee Celebration is made possible thanks to the support of IRONMAN®, Soundtrack of America Made In Tennessee, US101, iHeartRadio, Litespeed, and Quintana Roo.
ABOUT THE CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, Hamilton County funded organization, formed to strengthen the area economy through the marketing and promotion of the Chattanooga area as a year-round destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events and leisure travel.
ABOUT IRONMAN® 70.3® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. This year, the event will return to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will become a two-day race for the first time. More than 185,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races for the championship, a series which consists of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world are registered to compete in this prestigious race. Participants in the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship range in age from 18 to 85-plus, and represent over 90 countries, territories and regions. In 2018, the event reaches the African continent for the first time and will be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. The race will then move to Nice, France for 2019.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN® operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN®70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries.
Candace I. Davis, Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, http://www.chattanoogafun.com, +1 (423) 424-4430, [email protected]
SOURCE Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau